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Virginia Dogs in 2013 Puppy Bowl

The popular adoptable pet show on Super Bowl Sunday features dogs from Virginia-based Bonnie Blue Rescue.

A few puppies from Bonnie Blue Rescue in Virginia will surely be adopted after appearing in Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl IX this weekend.

The annual puppy bowl is a popular Super Bowl day show on Animal Planet. The Superbowl is this Sunday, Feb. 3. The Baltimore Ravens are playing the San Francisco 49ers.

The  2013 Animal Planet Puppy Bowl will be at 3 p.m. Sunday on Animal Planet.

Bonnie Blue Rescue is based in Richmond, but places animals all over Virginia. Bonnie Blue rescues dogs from high kill-rate shelters and tries to place them with families.

The Virginia-based puppies who will be running around, tackling each other and playing with balls on a miniature, indoor football field this year include:

  • Althea, an Australian shepherd/Catahoula mix
  • Chestnut, a Labrador retriever/Australian shepherd mix (see video of Chestnut in the media player above)
  • Pearl, an Australian Catahoula/Labrador retriever mix
  • Shadow, a Catahoula/Labrador retriever

The organization has hubs in Alabama and Connecticut in addition to their Virginia base. Volunteers for Bonnie Blue rescued 387 dogs in 2012, mostly from high-kill rate shelters.

The organization is entirely run by volunteers.

“It’s bringing attention to us and our dogs, and it’s just been a really great thing for us,” Rector said. 

All four of those dogs have already been spoken for (Chestnut will be living with an Animal Planet cameraman), but Bonnie Blue Rescue has dozens of other cute pups available now.

You can see the full 2013 Animal Planet Puppy Bowl IX starting line-up here.

Hedgehogs, hamsters and kittens will also play roles in this year’s Puppy Bowl.

A message to Bonnie Blue Rescue was not immediately returned.

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